1 The Commodores – Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Motown
Even as a youngster I was listening to more uptempo tracks, The Commodores was one of the first albums I bought and ‘Lady’ was a track that I played morning, noon and late at night. The groove on the track carries me away to a place where I forget where I am and totally get lost in the music.
2 James Taylor – Fire and Rain – Warner
Having battled my own demons listening to James Taylor’s ‘Fire and Rain’ with like minded people late at night and it was a real Cathartic experience, reflecting on where we have been to where we are now and not forgetting good friends we have lost on our journey.
3 Mcfadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – Philadelphia International Records
When I was 16, I sneaked into a nightclub and have fond memories of dancing on the stage to this track. When I play this at home its a firm favourite that we all sing and dance along to.
4 Orbital – Chime – FFRR
So this track is often played at home later with friends as the melodies and chord progression, although simplistic, are very catchy and soothing at the same time… I rest my eyes and foottap simultaneously.
5 Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song – Virgin
This gets played a lot with friends as we all have great memories attached to this track, where we first heard it played At LimeLights on Shaftsbury Ave. It always brings smiles to our faces as we relive our raving days from from back in 1991 when it was released.
6 Anita Baker – You Bring Me Joy – Elektra
Quite Simply As the title Says – “A JOY” to listen to and the production second to none.
7 Pavarotti 0 Nessun Dorma – Decca
I love vocals with feeling and still to this day I get goosebumps when I hear this track. Perfect soundtrack to enjoy a full bodied red wine with friends.
8 Masters At Work featuring India – To Be In Love – Defected
MAW have had a big influence on me and this track is loved by one and all. It sums up the ethos of my productions and SoulHouse music as it’s uplifting with a strong vocal and great production, just the way I like it!
9 Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock – EMI
I have fond memories of trying to break dance to this track and I love getting this out and having a go (not very successfully) and watching friends (maybe some more red wine involved) making fools of ourselves, always brings tears to our eyes.
10 Lil Louie – French Kiss – FFRR / Polygram Epic/ CBS
French Kiss was the first track I heard where I witnessed a whole dancefloor at a rave get completely lost in the music. The beat was thumping and the drop with the female hook, then speeding back up.. it’s a memory I will take to my grave. When played there is normally a good discussion on where, when and what chemicals were involved, it was the late 80’s and the summer of love was in full swing.